BLOOD ALLEY REVIEWED
“Blood Alley” is about a maverick boat captain trying to save Chinese refugees and a doctor’s daughter from imprisonment. Set during the present day of 1955, John Wayne plays a semi-reluctant hero. Wayne’s Captain Wilder is initially in it for the payout and glory. But, he grows to care about his passengers during the boat ride through Blood Alley and to Hong Kong’s safe shores. Don’t you love how dated this already?
If you have a person in your life that needs trigger warnings, then drown them in a rain barrel. After you finish, you can return to a film that sports white people playing Asian and enough broken English to make your grandfather chuckle. If that’s not your cup of tea, then ask yourself why are you getting upset at a John Wayne movie from 1955? Hell, it was a lesser John Wayne movie from 1955. Many of his contemporaries were tackling anti-Communist tales with a better hand.
If you want a prime example, then check out Fuller’s “China Gate”. For a film that Wayne supposedly wrestled direction away from William Wellman on…all of Wayne’s worst traits show on film. Still, it’s funny to see Lauren Bacall playing so demure to Wayne’s Captain Cock of the Walk.
- 2.55:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 stereo